Kudos to The Fresno Bee Editorial Board for backing proposed state legislation to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, which was voted upon and passed by the Assembly and Senate.
Usage among adolescents has tripled in the last two years and recent studies have shown e-cigarette formulas contain large quantities of nicotine. The aerosols emitted contain harmful carcinogens.
E-cigarettes should be considered tobacco products and should be subject to all laws that apply to other tobacco products, including smoke-free air laws.
Regulations are needed to not only protect public health and restrict the sale of e-cigarettes to minors, but to curb the intense marketing and advertising to youth.
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Now it’s time for Gov. Jerry Brown to do the right thing by signing the legislation into law. It’s time for California to be a leader in health once more.
Christi Rolff, Chairman of the Board, American Heart Association, Central Valley Division